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Litterateur Indra Bahadur Rai passes away

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KATHMANDU — Nepali language litterateur Indra Bahadur Rai,, whose contributions to Nepali literature are innumerable, passed away after a prolonged illness in Darjeeling district in the Indian state of West Bengal, on Tuesday evening. He was 93. He had fallen ill since the demise of his wife Maya Devi on August 27, 2017.

The famed writer was born on February 3, 1927 in Darjeeling. His first literary work ‘Bipana Katipaya’ was published in 1961. Though he finished his first novel ‘Aaja Ramita Chha’ in 1958, it was published only in 1964.

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‘Aaja Ramita Chha’ was recently translated into English by writer Manjushree Thapa. The English translation of the book titled ‘There’s a Carnival Today’ was released in October last year. His last literary work was ‘Sampurak.’

Rai, who was honoured with doctorate degree last year by Tribhuvan University along with Ishwar Bhallav and Bairagi Kaila, added what is called ‘the third dimension’ to Nepali literature.

Rai was bestowed with the Sahitya Academy Award, Jagadambashree Award, among other awards, for his works. His body will be laid to rest on Thursday according to Rai tradition, family sources said.

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Tiger population increased in Nepal

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KATHMANDU — At a time when the number of tigers in many countries is witnessing a decline, the population of tigers has almost doubled in under a decade in Nepal, according to a recent survey led by the government.

The latest tiger census report — released on Sunday to mark the National Conservation Day — puts the number of big cats at 235, nearly double from the recorded 121 tigers in 2009, making Nepal the first country on track to meet the international goal of doubling the tiger population by 2022.

The success of tiger conservation in Nepal has been largely attributed to the country’s commitment for the adoption of innovative tools and approaches towards conserving these big cats.

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Although the number of wild tigers dropped by more than 95 per cent since the 20th century, now, for the first time in conservation history, their numbers are on the increase.

According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an organisation dealing with wildlife conservation and endangered species, this news can help Nepal become the first country to double its national tiger population since the ambitious Global Tiger Recovery Plan (TX2), a goal to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022.

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